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The Vote Equity Project collected over 250 reform ideas submitted by Chicagoans.

 

Residents from every ward collectively cast 52,000 votes on their top priorities.

These were the top-voted reforms in community development.

- community development -

1. Prioritize resident-driven community and economic development in South and West side neighborhoods.

 

2. Create a municipal public works jobs program focused on investment and job creation in neighborhoods most harmed by racial injustice.

 

3. Raise Chicago's minimum wage to $15 immediately, and index to keep up with inflation.

 

4. Establish Community Benefit Agreements for large-scale developments to prioritize hiring from local communities and unemployed Chicagoans.

5. Require all development projects using city resources, e.g. TIF funds, to create living-wage jobs and hire from high poverty neighborhoods.
 

 

1. Prioritize resident-driven community and economic development

in south and west side neighborhoods.

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• Establishing a Public Bank • Implementing Resident and Worker-Owned Cooperative Enterprises • Instituting Community Land Trusts • Developing the Small Business Sector with Local Ownership • Expanding the Blue 1647 Workforce Training Model • Passing a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

amara enyia
YES
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In the City Council I was an early proponent of the Fight For $15, and have long been advocate of Community Benefit Agreements, including at the Obama Presidential Library.

bob fioretti
YES
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The reforms suggested are necessary, however I would add that reforms must also take into consideration green development, including investing in re-purposing and updating existing structures, and driving environmentally sustainable development. Also, TIF funds must be used responsibly (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES
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I support a $15 min. wage. Chicago can be a truly global city only if it invests in long neglected neighborhoods and communities. As mayor, I will invest in our neighborhoods to provide jobs and economic opportunities for all residents.

lori lightfoot
YES
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I will ensure investments and job creation focus on communities by leveraging the rapid downtown growth to bring more resources and investment to neighborhoods suffering from low opportunity. I support a statewide $15 minimum wage.

susana mendoza
YES
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I am the only candidate who has proposed a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. I have also advocated for TIF reform, CBA for the impending construction of the Obama Center and investment in small business microloans.

toni preckwinkle
YES
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You can read my full economic development plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#opportunity.

paul vallas
YES
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Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

2. Create a city public works jobs program

focused on investment and job creation in neighborhoods most harmed by racial injustice.

Enyia.jpg

• Establishing a Public Bank • Implementing Resident and Worker-Owned Cooperative Enterprises • Instituting Community Land Trusts • Developing the Small Business Sector with Local Ownership • Expanding the Blue 1647 Workforce Training Model • Passing a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

amara enyia
YES
Fioretti.jpg

In the City Council I was an early proponent of the Fight For $15, and have long been advocate of Community Benefit Agreements, including at the Obama Presidential Library.

bob fioretti
YES
Ford.jpg

The reforms suggested are necessary, however I would add that reforms must also take into consideration green development, including investing in re-purposing and updating existing structures, and driving environmentally sustainable development. Also, TIF funds must be used responsibly (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES
Lightfoot.jpg

I support a $15 min. wage. Chicago can be a truly global city only if it invests in long neglected neighborhoods and communities. As mayor, I will invest in our neighborhoods to provide jobs and economic opportunities for all residents.

lori lightfoot
no response
Mendoza.jpg

I will ensure investments and job creation focus on communities by leveraging the rapid downtown growth to bring more resources and investment to neighborhoods suffering from low opportunity. I support a statewide $15 minimum wage.

susana mendoza
YES
Preckwinkle.jpg

I am the only candidate who has proposed a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. I have also advocated for TIF reform, CBA for the impending construction of the Obama Center and investment in small business microloans.

toni preckwinkle
YES
Vallas.jpg

You can read my full economic development plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#opportunity.

paul vallas
YES
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Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

3. Raise minimum wage to $15/hr

immediately and index to keep up with inflation.

Enyia.jpg

• Establishing a Public Bank • Implementing Resident and Worker-Owned Cooperative Enterprises • Instituting Community Land Trusts • Developing the Small Business Sector with Local Ownership • Expanding the Blue 1647 Workforce Training Model • Passing a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

amara enyia
YES
Fioretti.jpg

In the City Council I was an early proponent of the Fight For $15, and have long been advocate of Community Benefit Agreements, including at the Obama Presidential Library.

bob fioretti
YES
Ford.jpg

The reforms suggested are necessary, however I would add that reforms must also take into consideration green development, including investing in re-purposing and updating existing structures, and driving environmentally sustainable development. Also, TIF funds must be used responsibly (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES
Lightfoot.jpg

I support a $15 min. wage. Chicago can be a truly global city only if it invests in long neglected neighborhoods and communities. As mayor, I will invest in our neighborhoods to provide jobs and economic opportunities for all residents.

lori lightfoot
no response
Mendoza.jpg

I will ensure investments and job creation focus on communities by leveraging the rapid downtown growth to bring more resources and investment to neighborhoods suffering from low opportunity. I support a statewide $15 minimum wage.

susana mendoza
no
Preckwinkle.jpg

I am the only candidate who has proposed a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. I have also advocated for TIF reform, CBA for the impending construction of the Obama Center and investment in small business microloans.

toni preckwinkle
YES
Vallas.jpg

You can read my full economic development plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#opportunity.

paul vallas
YES
candidates scorecard.JPG

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

4. establish community benefits agreements

for large-scale developments to prioritize hiring from local communities and unemployed Chicagoans.

Enyia.jpg

• Establishing a Public Bank • Implementing Resident and Worker-Owned Cooperative Enterprises • Instituting Community Land Trusts • Developing the Small Business Sector with Local Ownership • Expanding the Blue 1647 Workforce Training Model • Passing a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

amara enyia
YES
Fioretti.jpg

In the City Council I was an early proponent of the Fight For $15, and have long been advocate of Community Benefit Agreements, including at the Obama Presidential Library.

bob fioretti
YES
Ford.jpg

The reforms suggested are necessary, however I would add that reforms must also take into consideration green development, including investing in re-purposing and updating existing structures, and driving environmentally sustainable development. Also, TIF funds must be used responsibly (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES
Lightfoot.jpg

I support a $15 min. wage. Chicago can be a truly global city only if it invests in long neglected neighborhoods and communities. As mayor, I will invest in our neighborhoods to provide jobs and economic opportunities for all residents.

lori lightfoot
YES
Mendoza.jpg

I will ensure investments and job creation focus on communities by leveraging the rapid downtown growth to bring more resources and investment to neighborhoods suffering from low opportunity. I support a statewide $15 minimum wage.

susana mendoza
YES
Preckwinkle.jpg

I am the only candidate who has proposed a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. I have also advocated for TIF reform, CBA for the impending construction of the Obama Center and investment in small business microloans.

toni preckwinkle
YES
Vallas.jpg

You can read my full economic development plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#opportunity.

paul vallas
YES
candidates scorecard.JPG

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

5. Require all development projects using city resources, e.g. TIF funds, to create living-wage jobs and hire from high poverty neighborhoods.

Enyia.jpg

• Establishing a Public Bank • Implementing Resident and Worker-Owned Cooperative Enterprises • Instituting Community Land Trusts • Developing the Small Business Sector with Local Ownership • Expanding the Blue 1647 Workforce Training Model • Passing a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

amara enyia
YES
Fioretti.jpg

In the City Council I was an early proponent of the Fight For $15, and have long been advocate of Community Benefit Agreements, including at the Obama Presidential Library.

bob fioretti
YES
Ford.jpg

The reforms suggested are necessary, however I would add that reforms must also take into consideration green development, including investing in re-purposing and updating existing structures, and driving environmentally sustainable development. Also, TIF funds must be used responsibly (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES
Lightfoot.jpg

I support a $15 min. wage. Chicago can be a truly global city only if it invests in long neglected neighborhoods and communities. As mayor, I will invest in our neighborhoods to provide jobs and economic opportunities for all residents.

lori lightfoot
YES
Mendoza.jpg

I will ensure investments and job creation focus on communities by leveraging the rapid downtown growth to bring more resources and investment to neighborhoods suffering from low opportunity. I support a statewide $15 minimum wage.

susana mendoza
YES
Preckwinkle.jpg

I am the only candidate who has proposed a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. I have also advocated for TIF reform, CBA for the impending construction of the Obama Center and investment in small business microloans.

toni preckwinkle
YES
Vallas.jpg

You can read my full economic development plan on my website here: https://vallasforallchicago.com/issues/#opportunity.

paul vallas
YES
candidates scorecard.JPG

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response

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